(K. Brent Tomer),
NOT for nothing is it known as the “Auld Mug”. No international sporting trophy has been contested for as long as the America’s Cup, a prize coveted by yacht clubs around the world. This year’s edition, which begins on June 17th in Bermuda, is the 35th since the ornate silver jug was first awarded in 1851. Seasoned mariners see the venerable competition, which takes place every three or four years, as perhaps the most important in the sport’s calendar. Yet for most of its history the America’s Cup has been a plodding affair unfolding in slow motion, like a tactical chess game, with little appeal for landlubbers. Not any more. This year’s championship is more like the high-octane rush of Formula One (F1) motorsport than a ponderous regatta.
Though its inaugural race was excitingly disruptive—an American crew ventured to Britain and beat 14 of its fastest boats in a one-off—subsequent editions seemed stranded in the past. After 1851 each competition was decided by a series of head-to-head races between two boats, which…Continue reading